Interviews with prominent child rights experts (27)
AllAfrica conducted this interview with Jeanine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi, Advisor on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment to DRC President Joseph Kabila, published on 13 July 2015.
Since Jeanine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi became the Advisor on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment to DRC President Joseph Kabila last year, she has become a high-profile advocate for women and children, particularly in the troubled eastern Congo region. At home she cultivated top military leaders to become part of the solution and to take responsibility for eradicating a culture of impunity. She presided over the development of regional mobile courts to try offenders and established an emergency hotline for victims. Internationally, she has both thanked the global community and appealed for support. The December issue of Jeune Afrique magazine named her one of the 50 most influential African women. Two special representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General, Zainab Hawa Bangura and Leila Zerrougui, called her appointment “a new dawn in the fight against conflict-related sexual violence and child recruitment”.
In April Mabunda addressed the United Nations Security Council. This week she is in Washington DC to bring her multi-faceted campaign to the attention of U.S. policy makers and non-governmental organizations. When Mabunda was in New York, AllAfrica spoke to her about her work.